Google Cloud is partnering with the government of El Salvador in a seven-year initiative to modernize the country’s infrastructure across various sectors.
This collaboration will bring Google Distributed Cloud (GDC) services to El Salvador and aims to digitize government services, enhance healthcare and education systems, and bring infrastructure closer to data generation points within the country.
President Nayib Bukele views El Salvador as an emerging innovation hub and emphasizes the role of technology and foreign investment in the country’s development. Pending legislative approval, this partnership will transform various government processes and projects, including invoicing and permitting, with Google Cloud becoming the first Latin American government cloud technology provider.
We're partnering with @PresidenciaSV to build a technological hub in Central America.
We will open an office and bring digital infrastructure to El Salvador – with cloud tech at the center of the country’s modernization in areas like govt services, healthcare and education. pic.twitter.com/EVfqppxIBz
— Google Cloud (@googlecloud) August 29, 2023
Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, believes that cloud computing can have a profound impact on Latin America, enabling businesses and the public sector to access the same applications and services available in more developed markets.
Additionally, the GDC infrastructure will support El Salvador’s commitment to Bitcoin adoption and integration, including Bitcoin full nodes with Ordinal Protocol support. Binance has also received a license to provide cryptocurrency services in the country, where Bitcoin has been legal tender since 2021.
The Bitcoin Beach initiative has extended its efforts to educate over 25,000 students about Bitcoin and offer them a “Bitcoin diploma” through the national education system, with one teenager already returning to teach educators about digital assets.